- John McWhorter: The election of President Obama wasn't the only big thing that happened in 2008
- Social media took off, enabling people with extreme views to reach large audiences, he says
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American studies, philosophy and music history at Columbia University and is the author of "The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Is it true that what has Trump supporters so riled up is, at heart, that a black man has been running the country since 2008?